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Vector Space expands into recently closed convenience store

Vector Space, a makerspace and community workshop, at 402 5th St. in Lynchburg is expanding once again into the recently closed Connie’s Convenience Store located next door at 406 5th St.

Adam and Elise Spontarelli, owners of Vector Space, said the new 4,000 square foot expansion will give makers a total of 12,000 square feet to create and work.

Of the new space, 2,500 square feet will be used for a woodshop and another 1,500 square feet will be used for a private studio to be used for entrepreneurial space.

With woodworking moving to the new expanded space, welding will move to the former woodworking space to allow for more room and blacksmithing will move to where welding was.

The convenience store closed Dec. 1 and renovations began the very next day. Adam Spontarelli is doing most of the work himself and said he hopes to have it complete by the beginning of the new year.

Elise Spontarelli said the expansion will have great impacts on the educational programming for Vector Space.

“Right now it can be difficult to conduct classes in the classroom if there is someone using the planer or router in the woodshop and separating the spaces further will help alleviate noise in quiet areas of the makerspace,” she said. “We can also safely offer more woodworking classes, as a cramped woodshop is a big safety hazard and more space will allow for more activity.”

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